Kate Middleton topless photo scandal spreads to Italy

Today’s secret snapshot of the pop-culture world finds a series of secret snapshots that aren’t so secret anymore, a court date, many other items, and the mystery music video.

GEE, NEVER SAW THIS COMING: per Radar, “The other shoe – or bikini top –just dropped in the Kate Middleton naked photo scandal. On Monday, the glossy Italian magazine Chi published a 26-page special edition featuring 50 intimate photos of the Duchess of Cambridge taken while she was recently on vacation with Prince William in France.”

MEANWHILE: Been there, done that, per London’s Daily Mail, “Sarah Ferguson, who was photographed topless while sunbathing at a remote villa in the South of France 20 years ago, has expressed ‘total sympathy’ for the Duchess of Cambridge. . . she said of Kate: ‘I have total empathy and sympathy for her. I have been there and know what it’s like. Everyone is entitled to privacy. It is a devastating invasion of one’s personal inner space. It is deplorable, abhorrent and despicable.‘She is a beautiful young woman doing a great job for the country. Why should she be stripped of that moment with her husband?’ ’’

EARLY EMMYS: Kind of the real thing, per the New York Times, “ “Game of Thrones” received six awards at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday night, kicking off a competition among several cable dramas that will conclude next Sunday with the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.”

WE HAVE A WINNER: Talking Toronto, per Entertainment Weekly, “David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” won the Blackberry People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, which concluded with a ceremony this afternoon. Based on Matthew Quick’s darkly comic novel, the film follows a mentally unstable former teacher (Bradley Cooper) who moves in with his parents and befriends a young widow (Jennifer Lawrence).”

BIG-FOOTING: GMA is keeping the pedal to the metal, per the AP, “Stephen Colbert and the cast of "Modern Family" are next up as "Good Morning America" guest hosts for Robin Roberts, who is scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant this week. The surging ABC morning show hasn't missed a beat since Roberts exited on Aug. 30.”

PUSHBACK: This one is at the expense of the late Tim Russert’s wife, per The Hollywood Reporter, “The Church of Scientology has fired off an eight-page letter to Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter over its cover story about the organization, accusing the magazine of "shoddy journalism, religious bigotry and potential legal liability." The magazine's October 2012 issue, with Scientologist Tom Cruise's ex-wife Katie Holmes on the cover, features an expose of the organization, written by Maureen Orth, that includes an allegation that the church held secret auditions to find a wife for Cruise following his divorce from Nicole Kidman.”

NEMO CAN’T SWIM: But zombies can, per the Los Angeles Times, “A 3-D version of “Finding Nemo” was expected to dominate the box office upon its debut, but the animated film sank to the runner-up position at the multiplex this weekend. Instead, “Resident Evil: Retribution,” the fifth installment in the popular Milla Jovovich science-fiction thriller franchise, claimed the No. 1 position.”

MEANWHILE: This one’s lurking, and lurking quite well, per indieWIRE, “In an explosive weekend at the specialty box office, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" broke the record for the best limited debut of all time (topping "Moonrise Kingdom"), while Nicholas Jarecki's "Arbitrage" managed some excellent numbers on a much wider screen count. Paul Thomas Anderson's veiled take on Scientology -- which stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams -- opened in 5 theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday and took in a staggering $729,745 over the weekend. That gave it a $145,949 per-theater-average, which makes the best limited debut ever for a live-action film.”

HEY, NO FAIR!: Of wishing ill on another, per Us Weekly, “Amanda Bynes has seemingly taken the crown from Lindsay Lohan -- in all the wrong ways. The 26-year-old actress and former Nickelodeon star has been having mounting problems with the law -- following a DUI arrest, two hit-and-run accidents, a citation for driving with a suspended license and new photos in which she smokes pot inside her car. On Sunday, authorities finally impounded Bynes' vehicle. But her peer Lohan, also 26, is not pleased with Bynes or how she's been treated for her various misdeeds. "Why did I get put in jail and a nickelodeon star has had NO punishment(s) so far?" the Mean Girls actress (who indeed spent time behind bars for similar offenses) angrily tweeted on Sunday.”

UM, YOUNG MAN: You have some explaining to do, per Access Hollywood, “Chris Brown is scheduled to return to a Los Angeles courtroom for the first time in more than a year amid questions about his community service. The R&B singer is on probation for the 2009 beating of his then-girlfriend Rihanna and had been ordered to perform six months’ worth of community service, including graffiti removal, roadside cleanup and other manual labor.”

NEIL YOUNG: Softens stance on piracy, per the Verge, saying, “Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music, his legacy was tremendous. [...] But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.” Young is calling for a new digital ecosystem of high quality music files and he believes that Jobs would have gotten there had he lived long enough. On the distribution side, Young isn't particularly concerned with the effects of piracy on artists, he's more concerned that the files that are being shared are of such low quality.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)